Crown Heights

For 20 Years, A Relentless Campaign Against Domestic Terror

Devorah Halberstam’s path from bereaved mother to law enforcement authority took her from Crown Heights to Capitol Hill.

03/04/2014
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When a 16-year-old Lubavitcher named Ari Halberstam was gunned down on the Brooklyn Bridge on March 1, 1994 by a Lebanese livery cab driver, dying four days later, the killing seemed to be a cut-and-dried case.

Devorah Halberstam: “In the beginning I was a hysterical mother.” JTA

Knockout Comes To Crown Heights

Nerves frayed with wave of anti-chasidic violence.

11/26/2013
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In recent weeks, an opaque two-line prayer began to jump out from the siddur at Crown Heights chasidim: “Al tirah,” “Don’t be afraid of sudden terror when it comes,” for come it will.

Crown Heights has fallen victim to the national 'knockout' phenomenon of random street violence. Michael Datikash

‘Knockout’ Attacks A Concern

Meeting this week with Jewish leaders, pols and police about urban crime trend; police promise increased presence.

11/20/2013
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A new form of urban terror — the “knockout game,” in which one teen in a roving gang suddenly lunges at an unsuspecting pedestrian, often knocking the victim unconscious with a single punch to the face — has come to Crown Heights. The trend mimics such attacks elsewhere in the country.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said police should arrest, not just educate, youth who perpetrate street attacks. Getty Images

Lhota Grapples With Giuliani Legacy

In mayoral bid, former deputy both embraces and distances himself from a controversial administration.

06/11/2013
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How much of Rudy Giuliani is just enough?

That’s the question facing Joseph Lhota, the city’s former budget director and deputy to the famously feisty mayor, as Lhota pursues the Republican nomination and victory in November’s City Hall race.

Image from Lhota campaign video shows him with former boss Rudy Giuliani.

Charges Dropped, Man Beaten By Cops In Crown Hts. Says He's Not Angry

10/24/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

While sitting in a cell on Riker's Island, facing charges that he assaulted a police officer, Ehud Halevy worried that he had unknowingly struck one of the cops who arrested him during a fracas at a Crown Heights youth center on Oct. 8.

"I was surprised there were so many charges," he said on Wednesday. '[The public defender] said I could get up to seven years."

Ehud Halevy with his lawyer, Norman Siegel.

Charges Dropped Against Man Beaten By Cops At Crown Hts. Youth Center

10/23/2012

(JTA) – All charges have been dropped against a homeless man shown on a video being beaten by New York police officers at a Chabad-run youth center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

“After review of all available evidence I have decided to dismiss the charges against Ehud Halevy, ” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said in a statement Tuesday.

Charges Dropped Against Homeless Man Beaten By Cops In Crown Hts.

10/23/2012

All charges have been dropped against a homeless man caught on tape being beaten by New York police Chabad youth center in Brooklyn.

Ehud Halevy, 21, was arrested Oct. 8 after the police beating on charges of assault, resisting arrest and trespassing. 
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office announced Monday afternoon that it would drop the charges against Halevy.

Video Prompts Review Of Cops’ Conduct In Crown Hts. Arrest

Officials call use of force excessive; Jewish youth center employee regrets calling 911.

10/16/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

New York’s Civilian Complaint Review Board and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau are probing the case of a man beaten by cops inside a Crown Heights Jewish youth center during an Oct. 8 arrest, a police spokesman said Monday.

The officer seen hitting Ehud Halevy in these video images has been placed on modified assignment. CrownHeights.info

The Shaliach For School Reform

The Chabadnik city school headmaster is on a mission to revolutionize public education.

05/08/2012
Associate Editor

Shimon Waronker, headmaster of Brooklyn’s New American Academy, repeats two phrases a lot: “Prussian industrial” and “divine providence.”

“Prussian industrial” is shorthand for what he sees as the “tyrannical” model — a legacy of King Frederick the Great, Ellwood Cubberly and Horace Mann — that is at the core of America’s troubled public school system.

Shimon Waronker: “I realized kindergarten is the hardest grade to teach.” Michael Datikash

Chabad Linking Students From Caracas To Beijing

Group’s online school for far-flung emissaries’ kids provides learning plus a hedge against isolation.

05/01/2012
Associate Editor

Dini Freundlich’s daughter has been admonished for not wearing her uniform to class.

Fortunately the girl, who lives in Beijing, didn’t have to go home to change into her uniform: she was already there.

Freundlich’s daughter is one of 505 students enrolled in the Shluchim Online School, the first and only fully online Jewish day school in the world.

Rabbi Benyamin Kosofsky teaches from a computer screen in Crown Heights.
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